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Canada Promises ‘Fair, Open and Transparent' Competitions

OTTAWA --- Public Works and Government Services Canada today issued details regarding the procurement methods it will use for the purchase of the Defence Department's Medium- to Heavy-Lift Helicopters and Strategic and Tactical Aircraft announced last week by the Government of Canada.

Information regarding these purchases is now available on MERX, the government's electronic tendering system.

"The procurement of military aircraft for Canada's armed forces will be fair, open and transparent, in line with this Government's commitment under the Federal Accountability Act," said the Honourable Michael M. Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC). "And to make sure of this, we have actually doubled the usual 15-day period to 30 days for interested suppliers to have sufficient time to respond to these government's notices."

The Minister explained that rigorous requirements for each procurement process have been put in place to ensure openness and transparency while also enabling the government to meet the urgent operational requirements of Canada's armed forces.

For the Medium- to Heavy-Lift Helicopters, preliminary industry research indicates that the Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter is likely the only known aircraft currently capable of delivering a suitable off-the-shelf aircraft in a timely manner. However, it is possible that some other supplier might be capable of demonstrating it too can meet the government's requirements. Therefore PWGSC has issued an Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) inviting interested suppliers to submit notification as to whether they can meet the government's stated requirements.

Similarly, for the strategic airlift requirement, preliminary industry research also indicates that the Boeing C-17 Globemaster is likely the only aircraft capable of meeting the government's urgent requirements in a timely manner. The government will issue an ACAN to further verify this is the case.

"Although preliminary industry research indicates that there might only be one type of aircraft that suits the Canadian Forces requirements, I want to make sure, by issuing an ACAN, that the Government of Canada asks the market about other options that might be out there," Minister Fortier emphasized. "We welcome competition and manufacturers are invited to submit proposals."

For the tactical airlift requirement, a two-phased competitive approach will be employed. PWGSC will publicly advertise this opportunity to industry through a Solicitation of Interest and Qualification (SOIQ) document (draft copy now posted on MERX), and industry will have to demonstrate their ability to meet mandatory high level performance criteria before being invited to submit a formal proposal.

PWGSC will ensure proposed suppliers for each of the procurements put in place the best possible package of industrial benefits for Canada.

"Each acquisition contract will have 100% industrial benefits right here in Canada, meaning that for every dollar the Government of Canada pays a contractor, the contractor must spend an equivalent amount inside Canada," Minister Fortier added. (ends)
Public Works to Follow Rigorous Process for Purchase of Military Aircraft